Legends of Sport with Andrew D. Bernstein

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame photographer Andrew D. Bernstein discusses life behind the scenes with some of the biggest names in the world of sports. Covering the most memorable events of the past three decades, telling lively and personal stories, plus in-depth discussions about the serious issues affecting current and retired athletes. This is a podcast about the memories, business and culture of sports.


Ricky Williams - The Healer

Ricky Williams rushed for over ten thousand yards in the NFL and is widely considered once of the greatest college Running Backs of all time as both a two time All-American and 1998 Heisman Trophy winner. So why do so many people still remember Ricky for his multiple suspensions for Cannabis use in the NFL? We sat down with Ricky to discuss the stigma behind Cannabis and sports, his Hall of Fame career at University of Texas, and his journey to India where he ultimately discovered his passion for Yoga, Meditation, and Astrology. Today, Ricky is pursuing a PHD in Eastern Medicine, while also running a successful herbal product line, in addition to giving Astrological readings, amongst his many other endeavors. Ricky is a searcher and as you'll hear in our conversation, he is passionate about learning more about the spiritual connection between mind and body and how we can all attain greater enlightenment.
01:15:57 7/17/2018

Past Episodes

This week we sit down with the legendary Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment & Sports Media, Peter Guber. Peter's produced movies that have earned fifty Academy Award nominations and over three billion dollars at the box office. Peter tells us what he learned about location-based entertainment in the movie industry and how he successfully applied it to the live sports experience becoming the co-owner of the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLS' newest franchise, LAFC, and one of the most successful ESports franchises, Team Liquid. Additionally, we hear more about Peter's enduring commitment to higher learning as a faculty professor at UCLA for the past four decades, as well as, his New York Times Best Seller, Tell To Win, a book about creating purposeful stories that can become powerful calls to action. As you'll hear in our memorable conversation, Peter contends that his franchise's successes is largely due to his ability to hire exceptional people who may not be predictable choices. Catch it all right here on this week's Legends of Sport.
01:01:40 7/3/2018
Hall of Fame legend, Amy Alcott, was only three weeks into her professional LPGA career when she won her first tournament. Five majors and twenty-nine championships later, Amy takes us back to her famous Champions Leap into Poppie's Pond at the Dinah Shore Classic and the tradition it started, her mentorship of Phil Mickelson, the notable friendships she's made over the years such as President Clinton, and the world class courses she has designed with her golf company such as the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. The lessons of golf have taught Amy many lessons about life and she tells some of them to us this week on Legends of Sport.
01:08:03 6/26/2018
An 18 year-old Jim Gray was interning as a Videotape Editor at the ABC Denver news station when the anchor who was supposed to interview Muhammed Ali that morning didn't show up. Gray seized on the opportunity to sit down with Ali for what was the first of many notable interviews with athletes both in the studio and on the sidelines. From the Super Bowl to the World Series to some of the most legendary sideline boxing interviews of all-time, Gray's assertive style of questioning has landed him some of the most famous and infamous interviews over the past thirty-five years including The Decision with LeBron James, Pete Rose on gambling, Mike Tyson and the Holyfield ear biting incident, Tom Brady and Deflategate, and many more. Jim has won twelve national Emmy's, as well as, numerous other awards. Most recently, Jim was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame alongside Vitali Klitschko. Congratulations to Jim and his family from Legends of Sport.
00:45:30 6/21/2018
Thirty-six year veteran and Hall of Fame Jockey, Mike Smith, has been riding horses professionally since he was sixteen years-old but it was not until fifteen years ago that he started winning individual Triple Crown races. This past Sunday Justify became the thirteenth horse ever to capture the Triple Crown and Mike became the oldest jockey at fifty-two years of age to win the coveted award. Unlike some other sports where athletes decline with age, Mike Smith keeps defying father time. Here, we talk about Mike's beginnings in New Mexico, two crippling accidents that nearly derailed his career, his spartan regiment, and what keeps him going after all these years. Some might have spent some time relishing in the monumental moment. Mike left our interview to get on a flight to Kentucky for his next race.
00:53:01 6/14/2018
Considered one of the greatest all-around college basketball players of his era, seven time All-Star, Grant Hill, sits down with Andy Bernstein this week at the NBA Finals in Cleveland to discuss his legendary Blue Devil career and growing up a UNC fan. The son of a star NFL Running Back, Grant had been exposed to, not only sports, but politics through his parents ties to Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush. Grant discusses his rivalry with Jason Kidd that goes back to college, their co-Rookie of the Year awards, and now their induction into the 2018 Naismith Hall of Fame class alongside Steve Nash, Maurice Cheeks, and our very own, Andrew D. Bernstein. Grant discusses the lessons Coach K instilled in him at Duke that he took with him into the NBA where he led the Detroit Pistons in points, rebounds, and assists three times in six seasons; a record he shares with the great Wilt Chamberlain. After injuries threatened to derail Grant's career, he persevered becoming an indispensable role player with the Suns that eventually led him to the Western Conference Finals after fifteen seasons in the NBA. Retirement has kept Grant busy as both a renowned art collector, investment adviser, and part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks. Hear all of his legendary stories right here on this week's episode of Legends of Sport.
01:05:03 6/7/2018
Fourth generation Angeleno, Jon SooHoo, grew up with a view of Dodger Stadium from his backyard, listening to Vin Scully's broadcasts never imagining that one day he'd become the LA Dodgers team photographer. From his days covering the USC Trojans in college to eventually becoming the LA Dodgers official team photographer in 1995, Jon has covered every major sporting event from the Stanley Cup, the Super Bowl, the World Series, and the NBA Finals. Here, Jon discusses his shooting process, the iconic shots from Kirk Gibson's '88 World Series Home Run, as well as, how sports photography is changing with the rapid advancement of technology in and around the industry.
01:06:40 5/29/2018
As one of the greatest basketball players to ever emerge from New York City, Metta World Peace's career has been defined by both on the court success and off the court hardships. From the infamous Malice at the Palace incident to his eventual NBA Citizenship award and game-winning shot during the Lakers' 2010 NBA Championship run, Metta's name has come to define the person he has grown into: a peaceful warrior and mental health advocate. We sit down with him this week to hear all about what really happened at The Palace, inadvertently breaking Michael Jordan's ribs, playing with a 15 year-old LeBron, the benefits of therapy and much more. Metta's new book, "No Malice", is his story of both hard work and redemption. Hear it all right here on this episode of Legends of Sport.
01:18:49 5/22/2018
Muggsy Bogues and four time NBA Champ Horace Grant grew up two states away from each other and were drafted two picks apart in one of the greatest NBA drafts of all-time. Muggsy made a name for himself as the smallest to ever play the game, while Horace's signature Goggles were his calling card. Both played the game with heart and tenacity. Hear all about the memorable stories and lessons that both of these legendary players learned from their teammates and coaches on this episode of Legends of Sport.
00:53:02 5/15/2018
This week we sit down with three time NBA world champion, BJ Armstrong, and hear about the lessons he learned as a player from some of the greats and how he turned a productive NBA tenure into an equally successful career as an agent to some of the biggest names in basketball. BJ's stories about winning, preparation, and the business of basketball are both memorable and insightful. It's all right here on this episode of Legends of Sport.
01:15:53 5/8/2018
Mark Eaton was a 21 year-old car mechanic when he was recruited to play basketball at the local junior college down the block. Cut to three years later, Mark's the starting Center for the Utah Jazz and one of the league leaders in Blocked Shots. Find out how Mark made the incredible jump from blue collar grease man to two-time Defensive Player of the Year in this week's episode of Legends of Sport.
01:03:33 5/1/2018

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